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Streaming Service IFC Films Unlimited Expands Through Apple TV Channels In U.S. And Canada – Toronto

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Exclusive: IFC Films is always a player at the Toronto Film Festival in acquiring films and launching awards-season entries — the Hirokazu Kore-eda-directed The Truth makes its North American debut here — but the company is making news of another kind. IFC has solidified its new streaming channel, IFC Films Unlimited, by expanding to Apple TV channels, both in the U.S. and Canada. The service launched in the U.S. last May, and today marks the debut of IFC Films Unlimited in Canada.

The Apple deal gives the IFC Films Ott service an important platform where customers can subscribe directly through the Apple TV app, for $5.99 per month. The streaming service launched with just over 400 films available in the U.S.

The subscription video on demand streaming channel is comprised of theatrically released titles from distribution labels IFC Films, Sundance Selects and genre label IFC Midnight. The Truth, which premiered at Venice,
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Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Follow-Up Is Japan’s First Anime Oscar Entry in Over 20 Years

Makoto Shinkai’s ‘Your Name’ Follow-Up Is Japan’s First Anime Oscar Entry in Over 20 Years
Japan has officially named Makoto Shinkai’s “Weathering With You” its 2020 Oscar entry in the Best International Film category, which is the new name being given to the Best Foreign Language Film prize. The selection makes “Weathering With You” the first anime movie to represent Japan in the category at the Oscars in over 20 years. The country’s last anime Oscar submission was Hayao Miyazaki’s “Princess Mononoke” in 1997, but it failed to land a nomination the following year at the 70th Academy Awards.

Weathering With You” is Shinkai’s first directorial effort since earning newfound international acclaim and recognition after the release of the 2016 anime blockbuster “Your Name.” Shinkai’s latest centers around the romance between a high school runaway from Tokyo and a young orphan girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Weathering With You” has already opened in Japan and has grossed over $100 million,
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Interview with Hanae Kan: Japanese audience expects us to move them emotionally through a film rather than to let them think about the film by themselves

Hanae Kan was born on November 7, 1990 in Mishima City, Shizuoka, Japan as Han Yong-hye, as her father is Korean. She made her debut when she was just 11 years old, in Seijun Suzuki’s “Pistol Opera”, and in 2004 she played in Hirokazu Koreeda’s “Nobody Knows”. Her career continued until today, with some her latest roles including “West North West,”Yamato (California)” and “Love And Other Cults” .

On the occasion of the latter screening at Fantasia International Film Festival, we speak with her about her latest films, her career, the Japanese audience, her double ethnicity, and many other topics.

This year has been quite good for you, with roles (apart from “Love and other Cults”) in “Inumukoiri” and “Yamato (California)”. Can you tell us a bit about these experiences?

I’ve been working with director Katashima of “Inumukoiri” for a long time. Actually, he was the producer of my debut film
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BFI will release four films by Hirokazu Kore-eda on Blu-ray in July

As part of a program starting on 26 April 2019 the British Film Institute will present four films by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda. The program named “Of Flesh and Blood” will include “Still Walking“, “After Life”, “Nobody Knows” and “Maborosi”. If you need information about the screenings, you can visit the BFI page.

Apart from these screenings all four films will also be released on Blu-ray as a boxset including a newly recorded interview with Kore-eda and many other extras yet to be announced. According to amazon.co.uk the set will be released on 15 July 2019.
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Surprise Screening in Rotterdam on March 29

Camera Japan Festival 2019

Rotterdam 25-29 September

Amsterdam 4-6 October

At Camera Japan we like to look back on the classics of Japanese film and celebrate the best achievements in Japanese cinema. 

On Friday March 29, we will be screening a classic film by Kore-eda Hirokazu at Shofukan in Rotterdam. Released in 2004, Nobody Knows (Dare mo shiranai) tells the story of four young children who have to fend for themselves in Tokyo after their mother abandons them. The script by Kore-eda is based on the true story of a similar case that came to light in Tokyo in 1988. Heartbreaking, yes, but also absorbing, humane, and deeply moving.

Awards:

Best Actor for Yagira Yuya at the 57th Cannes Film Festival

Best Film at the 31st Ghent International Film Festival

Gold Plaque at the 40th Chicago International Film Festival

Tickets are 6 euros. Click the button below to buy online, or pay at the door by cash/pinpas.
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Short Film Review: Tiptoe (2019) by I-Ju Lin

“Tiptoe” is a short film about two siblings left on their own. Her mother left the house early and her father seem to neglect the family at all. Taiwanese director I-Ju Lin tells the drama in a dream-like manner.

Tiptoe screened at Berlin Film Festival

Uncertainty dominates the whole film. The children do not know when one of the adults will come home and they are not sure how to move on. As they leave for school, the older sister takes responsibility for her brother, picks him up and takes him for dinner. Everything seems fragile. The void, created by the absence of a responsible adult, is not filled.

The camera accompanies the two kids dealing with the situation, showing the world from their perspective. “Tiptoe” depicts the dependency between children and parents, the important social construct that gives orientation and security. In this short, I-Ju Lin shows what happens if this construct is abolished.
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IFC Films Buys Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche Drama ‘The Truth’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
IFC Films has acquired North American rights to “The Truth,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s follow-up to his Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning “Shoplifters,” Variety has learned.

The deal was announced at the Berlin Film Festival and comes after an active Sundance for IFC — one in which the indie label picked up rights to the Keira Knightley thriller “Official Secrets” and Jennifer Kent’s “The Nightingale.”

The Truth” brings together two icons of French cinema, Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche, for the the first time on the big screen. It co-stars Ethan Hawke. In a bit of art imitating life, the film centers on Fabienne (Deneuve), a legendary movie star renowned for her talent and beauty. Despite her professional success, Fabienne has a strained relationship with her daughter Lumir (Binoche), a screenwriter. Things reach a boiling point after Lumir and her husband (Hawke) return to Paris and Fabienne publishes a memoir. Instead of a warm reunion,
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France’s Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh Discuss MyFFF Suburban Fable ‘Blue Dog’

  • Variety
French filmmakers Fanny Liatard and Jérémy Trouilh met at university while studying political science before diverging towards separate careers. Trouilh trained in documentary filmmaking; Liatard worked on urban artistic projects in Lebanon and France. They eventually joined back up to film three shorts: “Gagarine,” a Sundance Channel Shorts Competition Jury Prize winner in 2016; “The Republic of Enchanters”; and their latest, “Blue Dog,” which is in competition at UniFrance’s MyFrenchFilmFestival, available on VOD platforms around the world.

In “Blue Dog” the pair weaves a story of inclusion along with one rooted in a father-and-son relationship, all in a mixed tone of realism and fable. “The movie enlightens the strength of the community against isolation, especially in the kind of neighborhood we are filming,” they say.

Can you talk a bit about the story in “Blue Dog”?

It’s the story of Emile, a 60-year-old man, living in a social housing
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Top 150 Most Anticipated Foreign Films of 2019: #2. The Truth – Hirokazu Kore-eda

The Truth

Fresh off his 2018 Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters (review), prolific Japanese auteur Hirokazu Kore-eda continues his perennial output with his latest project, The Truth, which is headlined by Catherine Deneuve and Juliette Binoche in what will serve as his French language debut. Ever since graduating from documentary to narrative filmmaking with 1995’s Maborosi, Koreeda has been a major international favorite, competing in Cannes five times and twice in Venice.…
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Oscars: Few Surprises Reflected In Foreign Language Shortlist During “Exceptionally Strong” Season

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Academy’s decision last week on the nine films it will advance to Oscar voting in the Best Foreign Language Film category is how few surprises there are. In contrast to recent years, the field largely reflected films the prognosticators saw coming.

But that doesn’t mean the ever-present whiff of controversy was missing, or that some folks’ favorites weren’t overlooked. In what was one of the richest rosters in recent memory, the Phase 1 Foreign Language Committee and the Executive Committee certainly had a tall task to whittle the submissions down from 87 to nine. Ahead of the unveiling, Exec Committee Co-Chair Diane Weyermann said, “I think there is a very strong feeling among the committee and the people participating in Phase 1 that this year is exceptionally strong and it’s going to be difficult.”

The Foreign Language Committee decided on six titles
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Do the Oscars Have an Asia Problem in the Foreign Language Film Race?

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Do the Oscars Have an Asia Problem in the Foreign Language Film Race?
A version of this story first appeared in the Foreign Language issue of TheWrap magazine.

South Korea has never received an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language film and never even been shortlisted in the category, despite 29 previous entries and an abundance of world-class filmmakers. The country, which is in the race this year with Lee Chang-dong’s acclaimed “Burning,” is one of the more striking examples of a country whose filmmakers have been unable to land an Oscar nomination despite sustained critical praise.

But it is far from the only country in that boat. And the further east you go, the more the Academy’s foreign-language voters seem to have difficulty with foreign cinema.

Over the last 20 years, more than half the nominations that have gone to countries in Asia have been for Middle Eastern countries like Iran, Israel and Palestine. If you focus on East Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia,
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Shoplifters | Review

Ties That Bind: Koreeda Examines the Essence of Family from Unexpected Perspective

Anyone familiar with the cinema of Japanese auteur Hirokazu Koreeda already knows what to expect from the perennial showman, who rarely takes longer than a year between features as of late. Or, at least, audiences already think they do. Having amassed a lofty resume of narratives featuring broken or compromised families who overcome significant odds to maintain a semblance of normalcy, Koreeda’s filmography is littered with similarities, often prizing the perspective of young children, such as the parentless kids at the center of Nobody Knows (2004) or the boys in 2011’s I Wish.…
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‘Shoplifters’ Review: Japanese Family Drama Will Steal Your Heart

‘Shoplifters’ Review: Japanese Family Drama Will Steal Your Heart
Delicate business is being transacted in this soft-spoken, cinematic treasure from Hirokazu Kore-eda, the Japanese master behind films like Nobody Knows, Like Father, Like Son and After the Storm. Still, Shoplifters made a big noise at the Cannes Film Festival in May, going home with the Palme d’Or — and you only need to watch this quietly devastating gem to see why. Set in a residential, non-touristy part of Tokyo, his latest focuses on a family crowded together in a ramshackle house. They seem like any other affectionate, dysfunctional clan,
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Shoplifters review – Kore-eda's audacious latest steals the heart

This Palme d’Or-winning drama about a Japanese family of crooks who lift a lost little girl from the streets is a satisfying and devastating gem

Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters is a complex, subtle, mysterious film that builds to the most extraordinary surprise ending, a twist-reveal worthy of psychological suspense noir. Yet the film is nothing like that generically. In fact, it is another of the intricate and nuanced family dramas in the classical Japanese style, of which Kore-eda has made himself a modern master. Its significant plot shifts happen unobtrusively, almost invisibly, except for those big, heart-wrenching revelations in its final section. I admired Shoplifters very much the first time I saw it at the Cannes film festival earlier this year (it was the winner of the Palme d’Or), while also feeling that his masterpiece was still his 2011 film I Wish, which has a pellucid, almost transcendental simplicity
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Hirokazu Kore-eda on ‘Shoplifters,’ Remembering Kirin Kiki, and the Evolving Definition of Family

“Chosen families,” a group of people who deliberately choose one another to play important roles in each other’s lives–and a vital concept in queer communities–is the central idea of Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters.

His Palme d’Or winner depicts the invisible (and growing) segments of industrialized societies that rely on theft to maintain lower class status. In the film, economic hardship gives way to non-family members pairing under the guise of blood ties. Each member of the chimeric Shibata family find themselves performing the role they would among their natural families. Kore-eda’s film follows what happens to this new-nuclear family when an abused local girl Yuri (Miyu Sasaki) is welcomed into the mix.

We spoke with director Kore-eda over the phone during the 56th New York Film Festival and he discusses the tsunami that hit Japan in 2011 and how it created a chasm between family and society.
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Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Masterpiece ‘Shoplifters’ Is the Culmination of His Career

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Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Masterpiece ‘Shoplifters’ Is the Culmination of His Career
When Cate Blanchett handed Kore-eda Hirokazu the Palme d’Or at Cannes in May, the “Shoplifters” director froze in place for a moment, as though paralyzed by the weight of the world’s most prestigious film award. Kore-eda had good reason to be shell-shocked. Despite emerging as the most feted Japanese filmmaker of his generation, being anointed as “Ozu’s heir” more times than he could count, and even winning the Cannes Jury Prize in 2013, Kore-eda still never thought this day would come.

The last time a film of his had been invited to screen at the festival (2016’s achingly wounded “After the Storm”), it had been relegated to the Un Certain Regard sidebar, a demotion that often anticipates a director’s irrelevance. And while Kore-eda had weathered that demotion before, his next feature — a grim murder-mystery that found him veering away from the kind of gentle family dramas that
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‘Shoplifters’ Exclusive Clip: Familial Labels Are Questioned In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-Winning Film

If you’re unfamiliar with the work of filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, then you really must seek out his films. The writer-director is perhaps best known for his films such as “Nobody Knows,” “Like Father, Like Son,” and “After the Storm.” However, his most recent wprk, the incredible “Shoplifters,” won the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and might be his best yet.

Continue reading ‘Shoplifters’ Exclusive Clip: Familial Labels Are Questioned In Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Palme d’Or-Winning Film at The Playlist.
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‘Shoplifters’ Clip: Family Reacts To Disturbing News In Kore-eda’s Palme D’Or Winner

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Exclusive: From veteran filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda, family drama Shoplifters is Japan’s submission for the Foreign Language Oscar race this year. Ahead of Magnolia Pictures’ release of the Palme d’Or winner in U.S. theaters on November 23, we’ve got an exclusive clip — check it out above.

The story of a family of small-time crooks has been a box office winner at home, becoming the acclaimed director’s biggest title at local turnstiles with about $38M. In China over the summer, it became the highest grossing live-action Japanese movie ever in the market with over $14M.

In Shoplifters, a dysfunctional band of outsiders is united by fierce loyalty, a penchant for petty theft and playful grifting. After one of their shoplifting sessions, Osamu and his son come across a little girl in the freezing cold. At first reluctant to shelter her, Osamu’s wife agrees after learning of the hardships she faces.
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Golden Scene at 20: Diverse Past, Bright Future

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Golden Scene at 20: Diverse Past, Bright Future
Golden Scene, one of Asia’s most enduring independent film distributors, is known for its year-round billboards attached to bus shelters around Hong Kong, and also for the spot-on taste of founder Winnie Tsang.

Tsang started the company 20 years ago by snatching opportunity from adversity. Having risen from secretary to board member at the legendary Golden Harvest production to exhibition group, Tsang jumped in when the studio made a strategic decision to exit distribution.

She set up shop nearby in the Tsim Sha Tsui district and took with her a small staff. They handled distribution on behalf of Golden Harvest’s various labels and its sub-distribution relationship with Uip.

While benefitting from a steady supply of studio business, Tsang relished the freedom to make her own choices. “I could do anything, go anywhere, visit more festivals,” says Tsang. “I had less need to be commercial and instead could pick films
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New Us Trailer for Hirokazu Kore-eda's Palme d'Or Winner 'Shoplifters'

"Sometimes, it's better to choose your own family." Magnolia Pictures has released the official Us trailer for the Palme d'Or winning film Shoplifters, the latest film from beloved Japanese filmmaker Hirokazu Kore-eda. Shoplifters is about a family of small-time crooks, but the story is really about what happens when they take in a young girl they find living on the street one day. The film's cast includes Lily Franky, Sakura Ando, Kirin Kiki , Kengo Kora, Sosuke Ikematsu, Chizuru Ikewaki, Yuki Yamada, Yoko Moriguchi, and Akira Emoto. This mostly understated, beautiful Japanese drama won big at Cannes, but also won the hearts of cinephiles, earning effusive reviews from some of the toughest critics out there. If you're looking to discover some of the finest filmmaking this year, this should for sure be at the top of your list. It's a must watch film from Japan. Here's the official Us ...
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